Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August happenings

So we're at the end of August. Two thirds of 2011 has flown by. It doesn't seem like that long ago that we were ushering the new year in. And in just over a month's time, I'll be setting up my Christmas tree!!!

August - my parents celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. With the newest addition to the family, they can now say that their 3 kids are married, with kids.

It's the school holidays! Brandon is here for a few days while his parents attend some training.I stepped into the cinema for the first time in many many years. It's been so long, I can't remember when I last went. Even my son asked me, "You know where is the cinema meh?" Together with another mummy friend and her son, I brought my 2 kids + nephew to watch Cars2.
I thought the automobile-version of a James Bond movie was too 'deep' for the kids but they enjoyed the entire outing nevertheless.
This morning the big boys brought the kids to the park.
Having his cousin around makes it more exciting and fun for Joseph.

Joy-Anne was not to be left out and had no problems keeping up with the boys.

Joe loves zooming down this ramp on his 2-wheel scooter.

Ah Ku tested out his new Canon 550D...

And I did some online shopping...

Pretty dresses make my precious pretty princess very happy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A new baby in the house

We've got a new baby in the house!
Now before you congratulate me..... the baby is not mine. I'm still pregnant and baby is growing well. Joe and Joy are delighted to have their new cousin in the house for a month. I'm also very happy to see how they are so loving towards her. I just know they are going to be wonderful kor kor and che che when their baby sister arrives in a couple of months.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

A Week with the iPad2

It's been just over a week since we've had the iPad2.... While I initially perceived it to be a very expensive toy for the sole purpose of entertainment synonymous with Angry Birds, I now find this is not actually the case.

It can be as educational a tool or as useless a 'toy' as you allow it to be.

I've installed educational apps for Joy-Anne's homeschooling, as well as games that Joe finds fun yet requires some brainwork.

Joy does rhyming with Dora, colours with Barney as well as math, geometry, phonics and chinese.

Joseph has more difficult apps but he tends to play more games. I have to enforce a minute-for-minute rule for him. One minute of learning earns one minute of game.

And every night.....the iPay plays Angry Bird and other games on it.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New BIG Wheels are here!

Nearly 2 months from the date we paid the RM3000 deposit, we took possession of our new ride. This is the best buy considering Daalin's long legs (he pushes the driver seat so far back...) and his desire for kid no.4.

I've driven it only once yesterday to pick up Joe from kindy and he didn't recognize his ride at first.

And for starters...I've warned the kids that I don't want shoe prints or extra marker pen deco on the seats.

Monday, August 01, 2011

'ow' spelling dilemma

Joe asked me this last week after his spelling test. He knew immediately that he had made a mistake even before teacher returned his book (today).

He said....if c-o-w is cow and n-o-w is now, why isn't m-o-w mow???
I guess English words are more difficult and complicated than the Malay language which is mainly writing exactly as you hear it.

Nevertheless, I encouraged my boy and told him he made good use of his ears and common sense in trying to figure out the words.